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take 10 minutes. the landlord can come to this hearing. he will say i see a mercedes in the driveway, but to be honest the landlords don't appear and trust that alj's known a bona fide case can see one and most of the time they are granted. >> is there anything in this legislation that would require if there is a notice provided that a particular building needs to go for the board to go out? >> i don't believe there is anything written but we would have no problem providing such notice in as many languages as you wish. >> thank you. i have a comment and some questions for mr. leaney. i think as i mentioned in the beginning, there is absolutely no doubt about it that this legislation will
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create some challenges for property owners and for tenants. not all tenants, not all property owners, but for some there are many tenants who are struggling to pay the rent they have now and a pass through can be a hard ship there also. many property owners who are also quite living under on the edge and this is a hard ship for them. so it's good that we have a robust hardship program for tenants and that's a good thing. mr. leaney can you talk about the resources that we can make available to help property owners particularly smaller property owners go through this process and be able to pay for this retrofit? >> sure. absolutely. to answer your question, wiener, when i
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came on the board they wanted to make sure before we push any legislation forward that we had comprehensive financing option for this. as we saw through the brick building ordinance that had a $150 million bond that became difficult to qualify for and a large amount of those funds were not in use. in addition to the public financing component which i spoke a little bit about earlier which will be under trailing legislation, we had about 15-20 private banks come forward and answer the mayor's call to allow financing for this. on the public aspect see that and the financing industry see that there is less red tape in that process. we tried to approach it on both fronts. these banks will offer several different option and are centered around the idea that
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they would allow refinances and full additional funds. we would benefit having low interest rates and the higher the cost of these retro fits, not to mention that it's protecting the investment. also important to knows that these i am improvements are not subject to reclassifying the property as a higher tax rate that states law allows you to do that as retrofit. additionally we are looking into the loan process and these buildings maybe historic and landmarks. it
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would require a vote. with the mellow roos, they effectively become the voting body so they get to decide between the group when money is build out for these i am improvements that is repaid for their property taxes and gives them the mechanism without taking a loan individually. that is an interesting feature of it. if these properties change hands. the loan actually goes with it and the person who originated the loan is relieved from the debt. >> then in terms of the actual work that's being done, there was reference made before which is issued that i have been
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thinking about. in terms of making sure that the process for property openers owners who are complying with the law and somehow got financing and want to do the work and have to get to the planning department and planning of building inspection. what is your competence level that will our policy intent to expedited this process to make it efficient as possible that planning and dbi are going to be able to do that and by doing that, are we going to then be slowing things down for everyone else doing other work. i know that for both departments we have a boom bus staffing funding model which i think is terrible for a policy but it's how we do it. so if you can comment on that. >> absolutely. i do have a tremendous amount of confidence that the acting director is going to set up a program to
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administer this. we've met with them on several different levels. this is something when you hear complaints about the permit process and if they are doing this over the counter and the drawings are done to their standards they should be able to walk out of there. >> how about the planning department? >> it's been very helpful.
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it's typically not visible from the street. we have been able to work with scott sanchez and some of the staff in instances where a brace frame is noticeable. they have guidelines not only for their staff but something that needs to be distributed to the public so when they apply for the permit they can see what is expected in the drawings. >> i would encourage you to work very closely with the department and particularly the store preservation to make sure we have an efficient process the place. we domestic violence and sexual assault a situation situation in the mission and they had a major problem getting through the historic preservation section. the review was they were going to make them change the retrofit. it's not an aesthetic choice. i think it's going to be very important to make sure. it's great that we are focusing on
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dbi but there is cases going through the planning department but we have to make sure it's not making the wheel. >> hopefully we'll address those issues. >> we'll have to go much deeper in the planning commission. and one last thing there was a mention before about property taxes and resasment. can you comment on that? this work because it's seismic workman dated bylaw is not subject to reassessment. they tend to put work in the permit. you might be doing a seismic upgrade and doing kitchen remodels and those types of work. one of the things important to us, not simplifying by the process and to help the tenant community because we heard their cost where they add on work. so there is language in our
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ordinance that actually says the work under the scope of the permit cannot include some of the ancillary work. shiite it should be very clear. >> thank you very much. >> any additional questions or comments? supervisor kim? >> i do just want to acknowledge as supervisor wiener and president chu did on all the work that was put into this legislation. i know several years of work and i do remember when we were campaigning in 2010 it was often a topic of debate. so i think it's really important that this is finally moving through. i have tremendous concern as many of public on many of our older buildings. it's really important that we do what we can to protect it. i'm still curious as we move through this. i would like to learn more about the hardship
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application and the number we get through the year and what the rate is. i understand it's a complicated process and what will be made to ease that. i know it's very in vase vasive in terms of people's privacy. i know what people brought up it was pass through and i hope we can have a conversation on that. it's separate from this building code but currently in this residential is rental market that happen we have people worried in this climate and we do what we can to protect our people along that presentations and what that pass through looks like. i understand it was on the intentional tenant apply to
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this process. because that i think our property owners are more apt to do this application. a lot of tenants i work with are more disabled or older and not able to engage in this process as this one. i certainly think this conversation is brought forthwith a lot of thought and consideration and the parties involved with it. >> thank you. i would like to make a brief comment that i completely agree. we need to make the hardship process easy and smooth for people who are -- who want to or who are qualified to apply for it. but i think it's so important for us as we work through the details and making sure that we can apply this ordinance in a fairway, fair to everyone that we constantly remind ourselves of the big picture. and that is when we have a major earthquake, when it's going to
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be most likely much much bigger than loma prieta. if we have our soft story buildings, these primarily rent controlled and other housing units collapse, we are in for a catastrophe. we debate a lot about gentrification in san francisco and dislocation of communities, we ain't seen nothing yet. if we are negligent enough to allow this housing stock to collapse and be badly damaged in the next earthquake, we are going to see neighborhoods and communities get absolutely ripped apart and we have the obligation to make sure it does not happen. we have known for a long time what we need to do. we haven't done it partly because of lack of political will for some period of time and partly because it's a difficult process and we are finally at a point where we can
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do something about it, we have seen that the volunteer retrofit program, god police the people who have done it, but it has not worked. it has not caused enough buildings to be retro fitted. i think this is ab important part of legislation. i think it's important to get it signed into law. if there is no additional comments, i would enter tain a motion to done continue this next week to a full board. can we have that motion. >> i will make the motion. >> mad clerk are there any other items? no. no further matters. >> we are adjourned.
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tape 55 >> welcome, this is carl. >> great to meet you. >> great to me you, and i want to thank you for your interest and this is the city's animal
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shelter. and come in and a lot of people come here to adopt a animal or if they have lost their animal or looking for other animals. and we deal with other animals like birds and rabbits and you name it. this is more to see in this facility and more to see in the community. and i suggest you go with an animal control person and see what they co, whether rescuing animals in distress or hit by a car or dealing with aggressive animals or wildlife or a variety of things. you can only get that flavor with them and doing it first hand. >> i have been with animal control for about six years, i spent a year in the kennel and
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then the office came up and i started doing it and it really fit. it's really the job for me. and animals i have to handle and i know what i am doing, i rarely get scared. [whistle]. we do a lot of investigations and most are not as bad as people report but everyone once in a while they are. and i had one and people had moved out and the dog was in the inside and it makes me teary and when the dog is in the backyard, and i can pull an animal out of a horrible environment and feel good. >> where does this animal go
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after this? >> they go for the shots and then the kennel. >> and if they just found this, and once we enter everything in the computer and they can track to find out if the dog went back home. we hold them for five days. >> this is a stray dog and it came in today and we immobilize it and then put it in a room with food and water. >> and then evaluate for medical behavior and see if anyone is interested in adopting then. >> we want to be sure that their behavior is good for the average adopter and not aggression problem, toward people or animals. >> and if they growl and don't
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bite the hand, she passes that. and good girl, in case she has something in her mouth, we get it out. and one more test, called the startle test and it startled hear but she came to me. and passed the handling test. >> for the mental exam i feel for lumps and bumps. and the ears and see if they are infected and look at the eyes and be sure they are clear and don't have cataracts and look at their teeth and heart. this is the first job that i feel i make a dvrngs. -- difference. and we may do 40 to 80 animals
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a day for treatments. and do blood work and skin scrapings and cultures to diagnose different diseases. and x-rays, i can take an animal that would be euthanized at a different shelter and fix it and get it ready for a home. >> we have a partnership and we let a professional groomer run a private business from our facility and in turn grooms our shelter animals. what is the big deal of that? when someone comes to adopt an animal, if it looks good, chances are it will be adopted more. >> and we groom and clean the ears and the works. >> typically a shelter wouldn't
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have grooming? >> not at all. and these dogs are treated with the utmot -- utmost care that others can't provide. this is a shampoo to bring out the luster. and i feel satisfied in helping the shelter pets be adopted and to be a part of such a wonderful staff, from the top all the way down. if she passes our evaluation, she will stay until she's adopted. if you are interested in adoption and don't want to put them to sleep, that means at a last resort, we will give you a call before putting to sleep. you are not bound to the dog, and we would give you a call, and it's an actual adoption and
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cost $107 and it will be your dog. >> the volunteers to meet are the unsung heroes in this field that take the animals to hope and nurse them to get strong enough to come down and rehome. without volunteers, i would have to be honest to say this wouldn't be much more than a pound. we thank god that we have the number of committed people coming down and helping us out, it makes all the difference in the world. >> when you want to come in and volunteer, you go through a general orientation, about two hours. there is a lot of flexibility. and the various programs available, are baseline dog walking. you can work with the cats. you can work with tony's kitty
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rescue, with the small animals and guinea pigs and birds and chickens. >> you always have an appreciative audience. >> do you feel that what you have learned here helped you with your own dogs? >> the training they don't have? yes. and it's things that you learn, we usually outlive our dogs and every time you get a new one, you have skills to teach them. >> one of the programs is training program and it's staffed by a member of the community and one of the programs she has is dog socialization. >> we started this program for canine socialization. and all the dogs available for
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adoption get to play for two hours. and it's a time for them to get incredible exercise and play with other dogs and we have remedial socialization. and it's incredible the dogs and they get exercise and run and tumble and when most adopters come to look in the afternoon, they are quiet and settled. >> and i want come and someone sees a dog and loves it, it's quick. and after three weekends, i saw him and he connected and i connected and came back. >> what is your experience of working with the animals? >> unbelievable. from the guy that is came to the house and everyone here,


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